Use Your Birth Certificate as a Credit Card

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photo: Roger Perry, from The Writing on the Wall, Plain Crisp Press, 2015

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Believing the world to be a common treasure house to all
I spray-painted this slogan almost everywhere,
‘USE YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE AS A CREDIT CARD’,
Suggesting to be born entitles you to a share.

I’d then keep an eye on the graffiti’s lifespan
And would often find myself amazed
By its lasting for years in the poorer districts
But if they were gentrified, it’d be erased.

 Heathcote Williams

 


By Heathcote Williams

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